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Innovation + Capital + Way Uptown = Silicon Harlem & FCC Tech Fair

October 16, 2015

I was thrilled to have been in Harlem last Friday where the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) hosted a Small Business & Emerging Technologies Fair.   The Tech Fair was held in...

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POWER Initiative: Collaborating at the Federal Level to Help Energy-Dependent Communities

October 16, 2015

Changes in the U.S. power sector, largely driven by market forces, have negatively impacted many local and regional economies that have primarily depended on coal as a source of good jobs and investment.  These communities are now in need of assistance to diversify their economies and train workers for new jobs. 

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West Wing Week: 10/16/2015 or, “The American Soundtrack”

October 16, 2015

Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This week, the President traveled to Roseburg, Oregon, celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month, and hosted world-class musicians at the White House. That's October 9th to October 15th or, "The American Soundtrack."

Friday, October 9

On Friday morning, the President boarded Air Force One — bound for Oregon. There, the President met with the grieving families of those killed in the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg.

Sunday, October 10

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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Opens New Regional Office in Silicon Valley to Empower Entrepreneurs and Create Local Jobs

October 16, 2015

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) opened a new office yesterday in the heart of the nation’s most celebrated hub of technological innovation: California’s Silicon Valley.

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Selling Imported Goods in the U.S.

October 16, 2015

There is an abundance of opportunity for small businesses looking to sell imported goods in the U.S. Everything from food and beverage, cloths, crafts, and fabric can be sold online, in retail...

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Secretary Penny Pritzker’s Trip To Cuba

October 15, 2015

Last week, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker helped lay the foundation for a new chapter of relations between the United States and Cuba after 50 years of broken commercial and diplomatic ties. On October 6-7, Secretary Pritzker became the second U.S. cabinet official to travel to Cuba since President Obama called for the re-establishment of diplomatic relations.

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Spotlight on Commerce: Marguerite Jimenez, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Secretary

October 15, 2015

Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to the Open for Business Agenda.
Guest blog post by Marguerite Jimenez, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Secretary

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Setting Your Staff’s Compensation for 2016

October 15, 2015

Now that we’re in the fourth quarter of the year, it’s time to plan ahead for 2016. Here are some factors to take into account when budgeting for payroll for next year.
Salary and...

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Our Favorite Musical Moments at the White House

October 14, 2015

Every once in awhile, the President and First Lady host a jam session at the White House for musicians and artists. This “In Performance at the White House” series draws talent from all musical genres and celebrates the many and varied musical traditions in America.

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The Lost History: Help Us Find the Declaration of Sentiments

October 14, 2015

National Archives: Inside the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom

When I joined the White House a year ago, I asked the Archivist of the United States David Ferriero if the Declaration of Sentiments was part of the National Archives. The Declaration of Sentiments is the foundational document for women’s rights drafted in Seneca Falls, New York, at the first women's rights convention in July 1848. It changed the course of history.

 

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